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Exclusive: Google to Show Off Honeycomb Next Week

Google is planning an event next week to show off the inner workings of Honeycomb, the next version of Android that is optimized to work on tablets and other devices, Mobilized has learned.

The software, which was first shown off at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference last year, is being built into products starting next month with the arrival of Motorola’s Xoom. T-Mobile’s LG tablet is also expected to follow shortly thereafter.

In addition to a brief onstage demo by Android chief Andy Rubin, Google has posted a video showing a bit of Honeycomb in action, but Wednesday’s event is designed as a deeper dive into the inner workings of the operating system, which Google is positioning as the biggest change to Android’s interface since the debut of the operating system.

At the event, which will take place on Wednesday in Mountain View, Google will have hands-on demos, and Google’s worker bees will be on hand to demonstrate various pieces of the operating system.

With Honeycomb, Google is aiming to make Android better suited to a wider array of devices over time, but most immediately for tablets. Among the changes are an elimination of dependance on hardware buttons, as well as the ability to show information in multiple panes.

More details to come.


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— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik